As a ghostwriter, I make a living writing information articles, news articles, website content, blog posts, and even books that my customers want to be able to use with or without the application of my byline. That’s just fine with me. I love my job.
At the same time, writing this blog and getting back to editing the Book has reminded me of how much I enjoy writing my own words. It’s true that I’m technically writing my own words when I’m creating each of the pieces that I submit to my clients, but even those articles that are published under my name aren’t necessarily an expression of my own thoughts.
I put great care into the pieces that I write for my clients, but I can admit that if it were up to me, I likely wouldn’t be writing about topics like insurance news or QR codes, every day (even though they can, surprisingly, be far more interesting than they sound).
I suppose that everyone who creates feels the same way. A visual artist who is working on a commissioned piece may not be painting, sculpting, carving, or digitally designing exactly what s/he would if s/he didn’t have to adhere to certain assigned project limitations.
Taking the time to write a little piece here on the blog, and to go back over the work that I created for the book a few years ago, has allowed me to rediscover my own voice. I’m not a great writer, but I’m a good one. I think that if I keep working at it, I could achieve greatness, one day.
I know that I’m trigger-happy when it comes to the use of the comma, and I do make the occasional grammatical flub, but my vocabulary is good and growing, I can express myself clearly, I love to tell a story, and I am highly creative. In that, I see considerable potential. I just can’t see it until I am creating works that are my own.
Looks like I’d better keep blogging – I hope you’re enjoying it because there will be a lot more to come.
Note – I’ve had to switch to a new set of smiley pictures because I used up the last set. What do you think of the new style? Good? Or should I keep looking?